minimum wage machine: makes you work

Blake Fall-Conroy is a sculptor, for who it is important to make a social or political statement within his work. His new work-in-progress is titled Minimum Wage Machine, which actually makes you work for minimum wage.

He introduces the machine to his readers at his website:

The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, for $7.15 an hour (NY state minimum wage). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine’s mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglas box.

Oh Gizmo contributes a motion soundtrack for this machine by suggesting Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse to play on the background. I would recommend They Might Be Giants, Minimum Wage. Not very creative, but precise.

horse-drawn hummer: ceo stagecoach

Back to the Futurama:

On Sunday March 8th 2010 Jeremy Dean made New york City history by taking his converted Hummer entitled Futurama out for a spin. Entering Central park in New York at 69th St. and Central Park West (at the old Tavern on the Green location) Dean had his hand crafted vehicle pulled by two white horse aptly named Duke and Diesel.

He calls this piece the CEO Stagecoach.

This has been one of the most impressive satirical artwork I have seen so far in 2010. It  was prepared to explore historical amnesia, sustainability, consumption and the future. He invites us to “join the journey as a Hummer H2 is converted into a horse drawing carriage and we travel back to the futurama.” Here is more about the art show.


Location View: Jeremy Dean, CEO Stagecoach, Central Park, New York, NY. 2010
videographer Gareth Paul Cox, editor Diego del Sol
video courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York.
to view more on this project please visit.

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